Nov 6, 2015 12:05 PM by Alyssa Deitsch
Spectre (PG-13): 3 out of 5 stars
Summary: James Bond receives a cryptic message from his past, sending him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization--SPECTRE.
While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
Film critic Forrest Hartman says Spectre doesn’t live up to the hype.
“It’s just kind of so-so,” Hartman said of the latest James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista and Andrew Scott.
While Hartman says although it contains the expected recipe of Bond girls, exotic locales, and action sequences, nothing surprised him—a sense of “been there, done that” while watching the film.
Hartman says the storyline is “not particularly brilliant,” though action-lovers can look forward to special effects, chases, and shoot-outs.
Hartman calls Daniel Craig “fantastic” in his fourth film as Bond.
As for the rest of the cast, Hartman says they are great but he would have liked to see more of Christoph Waltz, who plays villain Franz Oberhauser.
“Unfortunately he doesn’t get enough screen time and maybe that’s another problem with this film,” said Hartman.
Overall, Hartman gives the film three out of five stars.
“There was a lot of potential here and I just don’t think it lives up to it,” said Hartman.